Authentic Nashville Hot Chicken to open later this summer in Lakewood’s Hillside Village

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Palmer’s Hot Chicken – a truly authentic, Nashville hot chicken concept will open later this summer in East Dallas’ historic Hillside Village shopping center at the northeast corner of Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road at 6465 East Mockingbird Lane.

Open for lunch and dinner, this fast-casual concept was created by Texas native and Nashville-bred, Palmer Fortune, who explains his chicken recipes pay homage to the original Nashville hot chicken creator, Thornton Price. Palmer says, “I didn’t want to create my tweak of Nashville hot chicken. This is actually the real deal. All the credit goes to Nashville.”

Fortune and his Chef/Partner Mills Garwood are known for their award-winning recipes and restaurant Porch in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Prior to opening that neighborhood darling in 2018, they spent countless number of months coming up with the magical combination of heat, spice, and southern sass Dallas diners are about to experience.

Fortune, along with his wife Amanda, and Garwood who have recently moved to Dallas, have carefully planned the menu for Palmer’s Hot Chicken. Nashville hot chicken, with its laborious 24-hour process, may take center stage here with only 4 spice levels of Naked, Novice, Nashville and Napalm which Fortune warns, “Will make your forehead sweat!”; but diners can also dig into catfish and shrimp (fried or grilled) as well as wraps and salads.

Everything on the menu is made from scratch including their desserts, signature sauces and sides including flash-fried brussels sprouts, greens, pimento cheese grits and mac-n-cheese (they even make their own special cheese sauce base).

When asked what fueled his desire to make a return to Dallas, Fortune explains, “I had a dream last April that changed everything for me.” He recalls, “I was sitting outside having coffee with my wife. We had the normal ‘How’d you sleep?’ conversation. I told her I had a dream that I was bussing tables at a restaurant in Dallas. We spent about 30 years in Nashville before moving to Georgia and we were planning a trip to Nashville. My wife then said, ‘Well why don’t you fly to Dallas after our trip and see what that dream was all about?’

That was over a year ago and now Palmer Fortune’s dream is coming true.

Projected to open later this summer, Palmer’s Hot Chicken offers a comfortable setting with a rustic, beach-house inspired design of warm tones with reclaimed wood and exposed bricks. The interior dining room boasts seating for 100+ with booths, tables and a large full bar inside offering craft beer, their “famous” frosé and a full-bar lineup (yes, there will be cocktails).

Guests will be able to enjoy a 1,400 square-foot covered patio, with jumbo sized Jenga, Connect 4 games and more, offering a great space for kids to play while their parents catch a break. With big fans during the summer and gas heaters during the winter, the outdoor patio will be ideal year-round.

Palmer’s Hot Chicken is optimized for the restaurant industry’s new normal. They will offer curbside pick-up and delivery on most major food delivery services.

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